Chefs and bartenders often pay homage to their family on menus (and on
tattoos), but mixtress Gina Chersevani is going one step further with Buffalo and Bergen, a soda shop-cum-bar joining the slew of just-released vendors at the soon-to-open Union
Gina Chersevani will bring the bubbles and booze to Union Market this summer. Photograph by Alejandro Salinas.
The catchy name refers to the cross-section of Buffalo Avenue
and Bergen Street in Brooklyn where Chersevani’s mom--nicknamed
“Nonnie”--grew up. As Chersevani tells it, no matter what kind
of drink she’d make her, it was never as good as an egg cream
from Norma’s, an old-school Brooklyn soda fountain. Maybe not
quite the same, but Chersevani will replicate “Nonnie’s egg
cream” and other classics such as fountain sodas and malts at
her 15-seat market spot (more communal market seats will be
available). Modern twists include house-made seasonal sodas in
flavors like honey-citrus--another familial homage, this time
to her orange soda-loving father--and the biggest of all: the
ability to “adult up” your beverage with booze.
Chersevani is also collaborating with Jamie Leeds on her Hank’s on the Hill project.